Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Before the rave.
The recent interview with Jason Adams at the Chrome Ball Incident put me in the mood for some of the early days of Think. This is their first ad. Think was started by Keith Cochrane, Don Fisher, and Greg Carroll in the early 1990s. They were initially partnered with Dogtown. The company went through a few different images and a number of team riders over their nearly 25 years in existence. Think came to an end in 2014.
I actually left town for the weekend and did a little skateboarding in the Rochester area. Check out Old Skull if you happen to be out that way. I've been ordering stuff from there since my friend is friends with one of the owners and it was cool to finally visit the shop. They've got a great selection of gear.
Thrasher - February 1991 Volume 11 Number 2
Friday, August 26, 2016
Four for Friday.
Jay Sigafoos is an East Coast vert ripper from the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania. His older brother Ken was sponsored by Brand X.
I don't know much about Nathan Lyons. He might be from Chicago. It seems like there is always somebody in skateboarding getting coverage with the name of Nate Lyons. I could just be imagining that.
Ross Pope would go on to start Creature and Scarecrow. He's done art and worked in skateboarding for quite a few years now. His current company is Transportation Unit.
Sean Jones is from somewhere in North Carolina. He was also sponsored by Blockhead and had a part in Splendid Eye Torture.
It will be the very early days of Think on Monday.
The Jay Sigafoos photo is by Adam Wallacavage.
Jay Sigafoos: Thrasher - July 1991 Volume 11 Number 7
Nathan Lyons: Thrasher - September 1991 Volume 11 Number 9
Ross Pope: Thrasher - October 1991 Volume 11 Number 10
Sean Jones: Thrasher - February 1992 Volume 12 Number 2
Thursday, August 25, 2016
This is a sampling of the some of the guys who were on the Small Room team. A few of the riders went onto turn pro for other companies in the future and others rode on into obscurity.
Frank Hirata: He would soon end up on Powell Peralta and turn pro for SMA. He rode for Foundation, Maple and Media later on in his career. Frank also became involved in designing skateboard parks. When I was at the University of Arkansas, he came to Fayetteville to meet with the city about a skate park plan. He did skate the local shop's mini ramp after the meeting, but I missed it because I was teaching a class. My friends who worked at the shop said he was ripping on that cold night in the late fall.
Chris Watkins: I picked this one for the quote.
Sal Lopez: Small Room's famous tagline was "Send Whatever" and that's why I selected this ad. I do like how they made a lot of unusual shapes to put their photos in.
Joey Pulsifer: He would later ride for Maple, Generation, and War Effort. I think he might have been on Powell, too.
Mako Urabe: Mako rode for a few different companies in the 1990s, including Evol, Trust, Shaft, and Think. He was also on Shorty's and Etnies. Mako did some shredding at the first X-Games, if I recall correctly.
Tony Buyalos: He would go on to start Shorty's, the bolt company that branched out into decks in the second half of the 1990s and gave us pro boards for Chad Muska, Steve Olson, and Peter Smolik. Tony rode for Eppic before Small Room.
Frank Hirata: Thrasher - February 1990 Volume 10 Number 2
Chris Watkins: Thrasher - April 1990 Volume 10 Number 4
Sal Lopez: Thrasher - July 1990 Volume 10 NUmber 7
Joey Pulsifer: Thrasher - August 1990 Volume 10 Number 8
Mako Urabe: Thrasher - January 1991 Volume 11 Number 1
Tony Buyalos: Thrasher - April 1991 Volume 11 Number 4
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
This is a sampling of a few of the various boards Small Room made. You can see how the graphics evolved a little bit to more resemble the photocopy art in the ads. I like the off center and unusual placement of the art. Leaving exposed wood grain was a somewhat common trend back in the 1990s that has resurfaced in the last few years. It's neat that California Cheap Skates gave them the third page in their catalog from the summer of 1992.
Decks: California Cheap Skates Winter 1991/1992 Catalog
Full page: California Cheap Skates - Summer 1992 Catalog
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Shedding some light on the Small Room.
Louis was the owner. He had previously worked at Eppic Skateboards, an early sponsor of guys like Kris Markovich, Sal Barbier, Bryan Pennington, Ross Pope, and Tony Buyalos. It's interesting to note his take on developing a team and not having pro models. Acme and Channel One were doing the same thing around this time as well. It makes sense financially and will prevent a company from exceeding their means from the get go.
Skate Warehouse was a mail order company out of San Luis Obispo, California. They published a black and purple paper on newsprint at least once. I have the first issue and have no idea if they printed any others.
Skate Warehouse - The Daily Grind Winter 90/91 - Volume 1 Number 1
Monday, August 22, 2016
Vert Is Dead takes a look back at the Small Room for the week.
The company was started by Louis Carlton in 1990. It lasted until 1993 or so. They caught the attention of many of people by running black and white quarter page ads in Thrasher that were arty and 'zine like in design. The text looked to have been cut and pasted at odd angles and the photos appeared to have been run through a photocopier a couple of times. Small Room was based out of San Luis Obispo, California. I think they had a local connection with California Cheap Skates because their products were always featured in CCS catalogs, who were also out of SLO. This had to have helped out immensely with sales in the pre-internet age. I never had one of their boards, but I liked the ads and from what I've read online, the decks were of a solid quality. The team included a number of riders that went on to turn pro for other companies.
Thrasher - January 1992 Volume 12 Number 1